It’s a very stripped down indie rock holiday special from Pullman Standard, in the form of a slightly older single, “Happy Holidays To All.” A pretty melody and harmonies over some shimmering acoustics, and of course…the sleigh bells. In these dark times, a simple message of good will might help keep things in perspective. Listen below. We’re revisiting this 2013 song on the occasion of Pullman Standard’s impending new release, Diamond Hearts. You can hear a preview at the Soundcloud link at the bottom. We will have more on that album soon.
Another feel-good groove from Yonas, this time featuring Roscoe Dash and Sammy Adams. The track is called “Roll One Up” and it hinges on a mellow guitar riff, the kind you might expect from, say, Ben Harper, another dude who’s maybe rolled a few up. The guest spots are tight, and you can catch a little Roscoe Dash perspective in the behind-the-scenes video below.
Yonas is also hitting the road, see below the video for dates.
Rapper and producer Chris Fields has released his brand new full-length, Dreams Are Forever, a 12-track tour-de-force that follows a series of singles released over the last year or so. While those singles were initially expected to be part of the final album, Fields output since he started recording near the end of 2014 has been such that Dreams Are Forever is primarily fresh material. “Crown,” which we wrote about when it dropped back in September 2015, is the familiar track, and still dominates with its confidence and snaking melodies. Fields contrasts a track like that one, which he characterizes as full of bravado, with others that allow more vulnerability, like “Visionary,” “Therapy,” and the title track. He sees this as part of the natural progression into adulthood, and as an artist, he says, “I’m just really letting people into my mind – what I think of and go through as a man.” Dreams Are Forever is a record of that progression.
No tour dates have been announced yet, but you can listen to the full album below. Follow @.
Se’von has achieved next level status over the last couple of years, and he just keeps bringing it. His latest track, “War,” created with B Sims and The Coalition, is a classic, foreboding, head-nodding beat with a killer hook. Se’von owns this one, spitting with the intensity of a man truly preparing for war. Don’t sleep on Se’von Legend. Full version available at iTunes.
It was a drag a few years back, when it seemed as though Admiral Twin, the Tulsa OK indie rock band that had topped our charts many times, had gone dormant. But not long after that, we realized that a new favorite of ours, The House of Jed, whose song “Coming Off Pretty” had nearly topped our Intel Superstars channel, is in fact the solo project of Jarrod Gollihare, songwriter from Admiral Twin. And, furthermore, The House of Jed is even more directly up our alley. The music is adventurous but unpretentious, melodic and modern but with substance. Since that first single, we’ve had several more faves from THOJ, including a super-cool video for “Everybody Lies” and a brand new one, the raison d’post, a killer track called “I Eat Earthquakes Like You For Breakfast.”
Yeah, it’s that time when fall smothers summer and ushers in all the attendant ennui. On his new single, “Summertime Luv,” Yonas is feeling it. But as he reflects on the moment, he’s looking to bridge the seasonal divide, carrying forward a summer romance. “There’s something in the air / I feel it everywhere / And I don’t want to leave you, behind,” he sings. It’s a great upbeat groove that still conveys an essential melancholy before sliding into the hook. And we also get another high quality clip, directed by frequent Yonas collaborator Mike Squires.